What are Guardian caps? See the NFL’s latest head protection device

Washington Commanders running back Jonathan Williams wears a Guardian cap football helmet during practice at the team’s NFL football training facility, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, in Ashburn, Va.

Alex Brandon, Associated Press

If you’ve seen photos or video from the first few days of NFL training camps, chances are you’ve seen some players wearing something on their heads that does not look like a traditional football helmet.

That something is called a Guardian cap, a padded shell that is placed on top of a helmet. It is the NFL’s latest initiative to try to protect players’ heads.

Guardian caps have been used at the high school level for quite sometime, and even a bit at the college level. The Los Angeles Rams wore them during practices last season (as an aside, they wound up winning the Super Bowl) and the league is having them be more widely worn during training camps this year.

All offensive linemen, defensive linemen, linebackers and tight ends are required to wear them through their teams’ second preseason games.

The NFL Network produced a video explaining the caps and how they work.

Take a closer look at Guardian Caps, the padded helmet covers that @NFL linemen, tight ends and linebackers are wearing during training camp this year. pic.twitter.com/RhLyipPL0z

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) July 27, 2022

“That padding is intended to reduce the severity of impact by reducing the forces and motions that eventually make it through the head,” said Dr. Jeff Crandall, chair of the NFL’s …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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